Jackson: 'No plans' to return to coaching

May 11, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 11 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Wednesday he has "no plans" to return as the team's mentor after this year's abrupt exit from the playoffs.

Jackson, meeting with reporters in a final news conference following the Lakers' stunning series sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals, said as of now, he doesn't foresee a return behind the bench, ESPN reported.

"I have no plans to return," Jackson said. "Today I'm sure. What it's going to be like in six months, I'm not sure."

Asked about what he would do with himself, the 65-year-old, 11-time NBA title-winner said he was still deciding.

Saying he was "musing" about it, Jackson added, "Some of the musings that I have always had are adventures. I was a kid that liked to read Robinson Crusoe and those types of things.

"The last time I had a year off I traveled to the South Pacific and enjoyed what I did even though it was only six weeks. But I realized on that trip that I was not physically capable of doing that tripping and adventure that I'd always hoped to be able to do."

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